Lie to Me, episodes 5 and 6

There are always the technically good dramas that you don’t like, and the passable-veering-onto-bad dramas that just suck you in. Case in point 1: I just could not get through Return of Iljimae, despite how objectively good everything was–perfect acting, great writing, gorgeous everything. Case in point 2: I gulped Boys Over Flowers down like a water-stricken fiend in a desert. Sense, I know I have none.

So of the early May dramas, my brain tells me that Best Love is the “best” drama because it’s well-written, well-acted, and so friggin’ hilarious. But I just find myself apathetic to it, whereas I gleefully look forward to Lie to Me every week. If I had to really narrow it down though, I would say that I think Kang Ji-hwan and Yoon Eun-hye’s chemistry is more enticing and fluid than Cha Seung-won and Gong Hyo-jin’s, and thus their bickery-bicker antics are keeping me much more wildly entertained than heart monitors and fake reality shows are.

Okay, so we’ve already established that The Lie is getting old, and that it cannot possibly sustain itself for another 10 episodes at the pace it’s going. The same problems are arising and the same sort of resolutions are being proposed to resolve the problems. I already mentioned that Yoon Eun-hye cries at least once every episode about the same shit, and now it’s not really only her crying, each episode is laid out almost exactly the same–problem arises, Sang-hee tries to help, Ah-jung tries to figure something out, something is figured out. Interject that with scenes of Yoon-joo or Aunt or secretary and voila, there you have it.

So then what’s keeping me on board is 1) how great Kang Ji-hwan is, and 2) his chemistry with Yoon Eun-hye.

I’ve forgotten how funny Kang is with physical humor. All he did was FALL INTO A BUSH and I laughed my ass off for a good minute. That’s why I thought it was a bad idea for him to play a chaebol, because that would require too much bodily constraint and mah man Kang Ji-hwan just ain’t cut for that. He needs to wriggle his arms, throw his body into the air, set himself FREEEEEE!

Oh, and did I mention that Kang has the most amazing smile on earth? He’s, like, picking eye boogers and he probably impregnated sixty women in the process.

Anyway. I really appreciate his chemistry with Yoon Eun-hye for one big reason, and maybe this has more to do with how the writers chose to write this relationship, but I like that there’s just spontaneity in feelings. I know Asian cultures are more reserved with public displays of affection and there ain’t nothing wrong with that, but sometimes…you just wanna kiss someone. No biggie. So I like that there are “no biggie” sort of moments between the two when it’s just plain hormones and acting on impulse. This is really refreshing to me and something I would enjoy seeing more of in other K-relationships.

Another thing is that Yoon Eun-hye and Kang Ji-hwan actually stated in an interview that in future episodes, when they do kiss scenes, they prefer not to do the press-lips-together-stand-still schtick, which I am TOTALLY on board with. The best kind of fun, no?!

  • hapacalgirl

    Since I limited myself to one drama during 49 days run, I have yet to really get into lie to me or Best love. But from what I have seen, I have to agree with you that these two have amazing chemistry even though the writing leaves a lot to be desired which is sad because I love these two actors and I was hoping they would have an amazing project together. Oh well at least the chemistry is smoking,

  • http://ofstrangersensibilities.blogspot.com Joy

    I so agree with you on this one. Sometimes the head doesn’t not match the heart. There was a kiss in “Best Love” too but I did not squeal at all unlike the one in LTM where I played it over and over again. This is further proof that KJH is the perfect man – good actor and OHMYGAHHHHHH amazing kisser. This coupled along with my huge soft spot for YEH is the reason I keep come back.